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Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

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Between New Orleans and Slidell

October does offer much in the way of wildlife. The flowers were drying out. Still lots of bugs... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Shelby Township, Michigan
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Beautiful Sunsets, Golden Glow on an Alligator

This was a neat place in general, with wonderful areas of boardwalks through marsh. We immediately... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2018
Marietta, Georgia
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Oct 22, 2018
“In need of maintenance”
Oct 19, 2018
“Between New Orleans and Slidell”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

This is the National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans East, not Big Branch which is in Lacombe. It’s kind of sad to see the lack of maintenance here. The Boardwalks are rotting in places and overrun with vines. Garbage cans are overflowing. This used to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank JudySlidell
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

October does offer much in the way of wildlife. The flowers were drying out. Still lots of bugs during 80 degree days. There is a nature trail to walk on. Not long. Pit toilets are available.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank S8674RWsusanm
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This was a neat place in general, with wonderful areas of boardwalks through marsh. We immediately spotted four alligators right at one of the boardwalks, and there were good bathrooms in the area.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank CobbCoGA
Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

Bayou Sauvage is east of New Orleans not in Lacombe. What Trip Advisor calls Bayou Sauvage is Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. We managed to run into a ranger while asking for directions. She had been trying to get Trip Advisor to change the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank landam_13
Reviewed January 5, 2018

Everywhere you see evidence of Katrina...empty spaces, and spaces full of little plastic tubes where they are trying to re-establish the flora. Bless the volunteers. If I had rented a car just for this, it would have a been a big disappointment. But had a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank CSSnowshoer
Reviewed August 9, 2017

There are many fish and wildlife refuges and preserves in the swampy backwaters of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. But who would ever have conceived of a 23,000-acre region of fresh and brackish marshes located within the city limits of New Orleans? Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

We live locally and still enjoyed the scenery. The board walk are fun to walk and look at the wildlife.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Doni w
Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

This was a swamp or bayou preserved area with a nice boardwalk as a 0.7 mile trail. Educational and very natural but it is about half hour drive from downtown NO.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank starlitsky3311
Reviewed January 4, 2017

My wife and I had a fairly enjoyable short hike here, but it was somewhat disappointing because we had previously been to Jean Lafitte Preserve, which was superior in every way. The area covered by the boardwalk at Bayou Sauvage was quite small - not...More

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Positives: Visitor center is beautiful and has lots of things that would interest a family with tweens. Negative: we could NOT find the boyscout boardwalk even after the visitor center lady told us where to drive. We even asked a cop along the road and...More

Date of experience: January 2017
1  Thank Anna M
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The gates to the area may be locked.